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do any e4 openings avoid the french defense?


  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #61

    Twenty-CharacterName

    Don't like the exchange variation, if that's what you mean. I think this may be more challenging for black.

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #62

    skotheim2

    play 1. d4 to avoid the french..

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #63

    ponz111

    I once played a strong master who played the French Defense and the game was drawn.

    The next time I played him, I played 1. c4!

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #65

    ponz111

    pfren  Yes, I did not know that refutation to the French! [#64]

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #66

    Jion_Wansu

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #67

    Twenty-CharacterName

    @pfren What would your recommendation be against the French? And what do you think of my earlier suggestion?

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #69

    skotheim2

    i have struggled against the french for a long time. thats why i started playing it myself :-)

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #70

    TomHaegin

    Have not looked at the whole thread now, so maybe this was stated before. John Emms recommends in "Attacking with 1 e4" that White can also go for a kind of King's Indian Attack structure starting with 1 e4 e6 2 d3. These structures are quite removed from mainline French lines.

    I have no experience with KIA vs. French, I just stated what I've (superficially) read in that book.

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #71

    Twenty-CharacterName

    I took my pick:



  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #72

    rootintootin

    Have you ever tried 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2

  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #73

    X_PLAYER_J_X

    rootintootin wrote:

    Have you ever tried 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2

    Yes I have and I won its part of my Immortal Games show case collection.

    http://www.chess.com/forum/view/chess-openings/immortal-games

    Its post #4 in the above link.

    I have also played other lines against the French which include but not limited too.

    The KIA mainline against the French Defense.

    The Tarrasch Variation (3.Nd2) against the French Defense.

    The Advanced Variation (3.e5) against the French Defense.

    I believe I do ok against the French.

    Lately, I have been playing the Tarrasch more trying to get a better understanding of it.


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